Digicel Cup

Eagles soar to win over Mioks in week 1 of finals

The venue was packed to capacity with the main game of the day played in sunny and windy conditions.

The Eagles looked the more dangerous side in the opening minutes as they dominated possession.

But it was the Mioks who got the first points from a penalty successfully converted by -eighth Philemon Taim.

In their next visit to the Eagles half, a dangerous tackle on a Mioks player presented the chance for them to extend their lead.

Taim attempted to convert from 25 metres out but his kick just sailed wide.

Round 16 of Digicel Cup completed

In the games yesterday (Sunday), the PRK Mendi Muruks caused an upset, beating the Kemele Hela Wigmen 14-11.

The other upset came from the game between Waghi Tumbe and EPG Enga Mioks, where Tumbe came out victors winning 20-0.

Up at Goroka, PRK Gulf Isapea beat the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis at home 14-12.

To Lae, the home side Snax Lae Tigers were too strong for the TNA Simbu Lions, handing them a 22-8 scoreline.

In the game on Saturday at the National Football Stadium, the Agmark Rabaul Gurias came back to beat the SNS Port Moresby Vipers 14-12.

Two Digicel Cup players join Hunters training squad

The first is Gulf Isapea captain, Bernard Goma  who started who training with the Hunters on Tuesday while confirmation has yet to be received from Lae Snax Tigers, Junior Rop who is expected to join the Hunters camp next Monday.

“Both these players have been very impressive with their respective franchise clubs.

“They join the Hunters camp to fit into our training structures and regime," said Marum.

Digicel Cup at the business end of season

Three games will be played in the Highlands Region, one in Lae and the other in Port Moresby.

A fiery encounter is expected up in Mendi between home side PRK Mendi Muruks and  Agmark Rabaul Gurias.

The TNA Simbu Lions will head to Minj to take on Waghi Tumbe, while the Kemele Hela Wigmen will clash with the EGP Enga Mioks in Wabag.

All three games as usual kick off at 2pm

The Wamp NGA Mt. Hagen Eagles will fly down to Lae for their game against the current competition leaders, the Snax Lae Tigers. The game gets underway at 2pm

Isapea snap 24-18 win

Yesterday afternoon, Waghi Tumbe took a 12-10 lead at the break but let the game slip away from them to give the home side a win in front of over 300 spectators.

Lock Sipa Korken extended the lead for Waghi Tumbe just 7 minutes into the second half when he bulldozed his way over the try line.

Jodda Wesley was good with the boot, converting the try to make it 3 from 3 for the afternoon.

But the Gulf boys dominated the remainder of the game with three tries to come out victors.

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Digicel Cup goes into round 9

The double header in Mendi will first see the Kemele Hela Wigmen take on the visiting PRK Gulf Ispaea at 12pm.

This will be followed by the clash between the PRK Mendi Muruks and the undefeated Lae Snax Tigers. This game kicks off at 2pm.

In Wabag, the Enga Mioks play host to the Wamp Nga Mt Hagen Eagles.

Across to Minj, the Waghi Tumbe will go up against the city boys in the SNS Port Moresby Vipers.

The two games also start at 2pm.

Lions ravage Isapea

The Lions took a 12-6 lead at half-time at the Sir Hubert Murray stadium this afternoon. They had to hold off a determined Isapea side in the second half to secure the win.

Suspended Hunters player Gahuna Silas put Isapea right back in the game, scoring two minutes into the second half.

Solomon Pokari Kale made no mistake in converting the try to level up.

The Lions took back the lead six minutes later after Robin Soga converted a penalty from right in front.

Lions leading 12-6 at break

The Lions opened their account in the 8th minute after second rower Radley Brawa barged over on the wing.

Robin Soga's attempt to convert the try from the sideline fell short.

Poor ball control ruled most of the first half for both teams, who struggled to complete their sets of six.

Soga made amends in the 29th minute, converting a penalty right in front to lead 6-0.

It was Soga again 7 minutes later who scored a try after dancing around tired Isapea defenders.

He converted his own try to push the lead out to two converted tries.

Kumuls selection still open to domestic competition

Kumuls coach Michael Marum says there’s no guarantee that the players that challenged Fiji in the recent Pacific Test have a place in the Kumuls.

Marum said they will have to compete against everyone else including players in the Digicel Cup, Queensland Intrust Super Cup, NRL and the Super League that is played in England.

He said all these players are performing well and will be considered as selectors will have to pick the best players.

“There’s no automatic selection for players that played against Fiji.